Daphne Guinness buys the entire Isabella Blow Wardrobe privately from Christie’s

You might remember we reported some time ago that Christie’s would be selling Isabella Blow’s wardrobe at auction come September this year…with”over  90 McQueen outfits, 50 hats from the milliner Philip Treacy and shoes by Manolo Blahnik” coming under the hammer.  The sale would have taken place on the 15th of September 2010.Well that sale is no longer. Daphne Guinness was having none of it!  She has bought the entire collection privately!

The New York Times reports that Daphne had this to say on purchasing the entire collection:

“It’s Issy — it’s her DNA — it should not be scattered to the four winds,” says Ms. Guinness. “I want it to remain as a monument.” 

Congrats to Daphne and her new collection of clothing and accessories. The question now is what does she plan to do with the items?  Will she give them to the V&A to be displayed? Will she wear them herself? We do so hope there is a retrospective in the future for this fine collection. The hats alone would draw crowds from around the globe!

Source: The Luxe Chronicles

And just received this press release from Christie’s Press Centre:

Christie’s announce that a Private Sale has taken place of the fashion and photographs from the Estate of  the late Isabella Blow. The Collection will now remain intact and the planned public auction in September will no longer take place. The buyer wishes to remain private but is committed to keeping the Collection together.

The reaction to news of the Isabella Blow Collection has been a tribute to the dedication and style of a true fashion muse,” said Patricia Frost, Director, Vintage Fashion and Textiles, Christie’s. “The Executors are delighted that their sister’s Estate can now be settled and are very confident the Collection has found the perfect home.”


Ah, well that cat’s out of the bag….we all know it was Daphne now….



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